Foods For Eye Health | Hacks For Puffy Eyes, Dry Eyes & More

It’s said that your eyes are the window to your soul, so what does that say about your lifestyle choices if they’re not as bright as they might be?

No, this is not an article about how to maximise your lashes or how to make your eyes pop with clever make up tips; this is a look at a few of the simple life hacks you can try in order to make your eyes look their brightest with natural remedies.

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So what do your eyes say about you?

Whereas bags can be a sign of tiredness and bloodshot eyes can be a symptom of irritation, dark circles and bloodshot eyes can be a sign of anaemia, food intolerances and serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma. If your eyes look yellow, this can be a sign of liver issues and jaundice.

If resolving your sleeping pattern doesn’t fix the dark circles under your eyes then this might suggest a thyroid problem or food intolerance.

A yellow tinge to the whites of your eyes may at first be improved by cutting out processed food and vegetable oil, as well as reducing your sugar intake.

By eating more vegetables, the positive effect of fibre, which binds bile and toxins in your belly, along with the minerals and vitamins can provide you with a natural detox, which will cleanse your liver.

If you’re looking for a shopping list to help with yellow eyes, try the following:

  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Rocket salad
  • Watercress
  • Cabbage
  • Eggs
  • Onions
  • Garlic

The sulphur compounds in the latter will also aid detoxification.

Bloodshot eyes can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as conjunctivitis and glaucoma. To be on the safe side, you could increase your vitamin C intake.

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For natural sources, you could try:

  • Fruit
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Red pepper
  • Kiwi
  • Vitamin D supplements

Bloodshot eyes, like itchy eyes, can also be the result of an allergy.

Increasing your vitamin A intake can help with dry eyes. This is found in:

  • Organ meats
  • Cod liver oil
  • Egg yolks
  • Butter
  • Fish
  • Grass-fed dairy products


Avocado is another good way of boosting the healthy fat in your diet, which can help counter dry eyes.
For tired-looking eyes, a good night’s sleep (followed by another throughout the whole week) is your first answer, but here are some lesser known remedies.

Ice cold cucumbers over your eyes for 10 minutes can reduce swelling due to the high moisture content. Green tea’s bioflavonoids content can help to reduce bacteria and inflammation, which may be a cause of your puffy eyes.

The antioxidant content of strawberries can cure puffy, tired-looking eyes by placing a cross-section under your eyes. The alpha-hydroxy content is also proven to encourage smooth-looking, young skin. This is an ingredient found in many commercial face creams.

Hydration is key in healthy-looking eyes, which is why cucumber slices are effective. You might also try cold potato slices under your eyes. Further to this, rose water has been proven to heal strained eyes and prevent acne, sunburn and wrinkles.


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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye has a MSc in Sport Physiology and Nutrition, and puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. She enjoys a pun, and in her spare time loves dog walking and eating out.

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